Chemistry Department Faculty and Staff
UTC Ranked #2 in Percentage in Producing Undergraduate Female Chemists
Chemical and Engineering News, serving 146,000 print subscribers
plus on-line readers has listed The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
as having the second highest percentage of graduating female chemists
in the country. Under the ranking "Chemistry Graduates by Gender,"
UTC ranks second behind Bryn Mawr, an all-female school in Pennsylvania.
The information used in the analysis is based on Department of Education
data from 1999-2000, and the listing appears in the February 10th
issue of Chemical and Engineering News.
UTC is also listed among the top 100 schools in the country in the
number of male and female chemistry graduates for the year 1999-2000.
Dr. Gail Meyer, a faculty member for the last 21 years in the UTC
Chemistry Department and an alumna of UTC, did her doctoral research
about women in the sciences. She recently wrote the scholarly article
"Encouraging Female Undergraduate Students, What can a Science
Department Do?" which appeared in the October, 2002 issue of
Journal of College Science Teaching. Meyer says a student-centered
attitude among faculty is key.
"Research shows that for women to be successful in the sciences,
they have to feel comfortable and at the same time challenged. At
UTC, the former head of the chemistry department, Dr. Ben Gross
started us on the path of creating a comfortable atmosphere, and
it continues today under the direction of Dr. Doug Kutz," Meyer
Meyer says having females on faculty and numerous female students
creates a comfort zone for incoming female students. Meyer says
a strong department serves both men and women.
"We have a lot of women and men interested in health sciences,
and after those students have been introduced to the chemistry program,
they enjoy it. We have research opportunities in the summer where
students can work one-on-one with professors, and can often co-author
a scholarly paper, even as undergraduates. We are fortunate to have
the Grote Chemistry Fund to help finance these opportunities,"
Meyer is referring to the late Dr. Irvine Grote, an outstanding
scientist and former faculty member in the department. He was a
man of tremendous scientific curiosity. he worked in both private
industry and subsequently as a Professor and head of the Department
of Chemistry. Grote served as Scientific Consultant at Chattem,
Inc. for more than 40 years, and authored numerous patents, including
the original antacid formulations in Rolaids. After his passing
in 1973, Grote and his wife Nita left their entire estate to the
UTC Department of Chemistry, an endowment now known as the Grote
Chemistry Fund. The endowment, valued at over $5.1 million, is used
to fund scholarships, instrumentation, faculty development, research
and two endowed professorships.
"The UTC Chemistry Department also has a successful record
of placing students in graduate and professional schools from across
the state and country," Meyer said.
To learn more, please visit the UTC
Department of Chemistry webpage.